Coastal Florida Residents Still Cleaning Up Dennis' Mess

Alligator Point is still described as resembling a war zone; birds fishing, a walk on the beach, there is still a glimpse of paradise along the shores of north Florida, barely.

Melinda Lott says Alligator Point looks like a war zone.

Melinda says, “Something I’ve seen on some of the movies after there was a horrific bomb or something."

Anytime there is strong wind or water, homes on this narrow spit of land see some damage, but old-timers say they haven’t seen anything like this in more than 50 years.

Lehn Marshall, a heavy equipment operator, says, "There was about probably six foot of beach sand all the way up to the house. We are just trying to put it back out there where it came from."

“How long have you been working on it?”

"About two weeks."

Dennis reduced this home to a pile of rubble almost as quickly as it was hauled away.

For John Oaks, Dennis means business.

John says, "We are doing all kinds of foundation work, concrete work, posts, columns, steps; it’s pretty devastating what it did to this place."

Dennis has forever altered the landscape of Alligator Point as well as the way people here think about a storm that hit 150 miles away.

The surge from Dennis destroyed the main road through Alligator Point. A makeshift dirt trail is now open. Officials plan to rebuild the road further from the coast.